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Additions and Modification to French Warships








This page contains Additions and Modifications for the three "French warships" books of which Stephen S. Roberts
is author or co-author. Readers are invited to suggest appropriate additional entries to


French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1626-1786
  • No additions or modifications have yet been identified for this volume.

French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1786-1861
  • Page 418, transport Ressource.  This ship was previously the mercantile Brasiliero and was purchased on 14.6.1860. The 1859-1914 volume contains an updated entry for this ship.

French Warships in the Age of Steam, 1859-1914

  • Page 175, paddle aviso Estafette.  The builder of this ship was Bradley, Day & Co., not Jones, Quiggin & Co. as stated, and the builder of her 120nhp engines was John Jones & Sons, both of Liverpool. (The Jones in Jones, Quiggin was Josiah.) Her launching on 5 June 1867 and the ensuing luncheon were reported by the Liverpool Daily Post the next day along with many details of the ship. Initially named Tiger as stated, she was built for Anthony Marteos of Gibraltar to trade between there and the coast of Morocco, and one of the principal features in her design (by Henry Claughton) was that she could be steamed at a high speed with a light draught of water (7ft when fully loaded). Tiger ran successful trials in the Irish Sea on 31 July 1867. Despite high hopes the iron shipbuilding partnership of James Bradley and George Day lasted only from 1866 to 1869 and their only known products were Tiger (which became the French Estafette before the end of 1867) and a 100-ton paddle steamer named St. Nicholas completed during 1867 for a Russian customer. All stated references to Jones, Quiggin should be disregarded as there seems to have been no connection between Bradley, Day and them, and the ship's construction dates should be refined as indicated here. My thanks to Andreas von Mach for the additional information.

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